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Man arrested after 3 pounds of weed delivered to Gastonia car dealership

A manager at the Carmax dealership in Gastonia alerted police after noticing the box had an "unusual odor." It allegedly had 3 pounds of marijuana inside.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man at a CarMax dealership in North Carolina was arrested after police said he had three pounds of marijuana shipped to the store. 

Officers were called to CarMax on Remount Road in Gastonia on May 22 for a possible drug violation. When officers got to the dealership, they spoke with a manager who said a large box was addressed to the CarMax address from California. 

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A spokesperson for the used car retailer told WCNC Charlotte the man is an employee of one of their vendors.

The manager allegedly told officers it wasn't strange for this person to have packages delivered at work, but this particular delivery had an "unusual odor." When officers opened the box, they found over three pounds of marijuana. Officers seized the weed, resealed the box and waited for the employee to arrive at work to claim the package. 

The man, identified as a 39-year-old man from Elgin, South Carolina, arrived at work around 12:30 p.m., according to police. Officers spotted him outside the building with the package and stopped him. The suspect was arrested after confirming to officers that he was the intended recipient of the package.

He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell or deliver. He was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond, according to detectives.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the man arrested works for a third-party vendor company affiliated with CarMax and is not an employee of CarMax itself.

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